Gilta Jansen and Gordon Castellane
Daniela Töbelmann and Carola Keitel
Award-winners of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2013

Sebastian Dannenberg
Monika Jarecka
R&ST (Brigitte Raabe, Michael Stephan, Piet Trantel)
Special Mentions in the frame of the Daniel Frese Prize 2013

(F.l.t.r.) Bettina Roggmann (chairwoman Schloss Agathenburg), Dr. Christoph Behnke (project head of KIM), Valérie Knoll, Cornelia Kastelan (curators KIM), PD Dr. Ulf Wuggenig (Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg), the artists Gordon Castellane, Sebastian Dannenberg, Gilta Jansen and Daniela Töbelmann, Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen who held the honouring speech, the artists Carola Keitel, Piet Trantel, Michael Stephan and Brigitte Raabe
Photo: Andreas Tamme

The winner of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2013 is Gilta Jansen from Dannenberg in the administrative district of Lüchow-Dannenberg, who was awarded for a draft which she submitted together with Gordon Castellane.

The Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2013 in the field of »Young Art« goes to Daniela Töbelmann from Lüneburg in the eponymous administrative district for a draft conceived in collaboration with Carola Keitel.

New in 2013 are three further Special Mentions. This distinctions go to Sebastian Dannenberg from the administrative district of Verden, Monika Jarecka from the administrative district of Harburg as well as the R&ST collective consisting of Brigitte Raabe, Michael Stephan and Piet Trantel from the administrative district of Verden.

On 4 July, 2013 the artists were honoured in the historical Fürstensaal of the City Hall of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg with the Daniel Frese Prize 2013. Here, works of the late-Renaissance painter (1540-1611) are on display, to whom the prize for contemporary art, first awarded in 2011, is dedicated.

The laudatory speech was held by Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen, who has been Professor of Art History at Leuphana University of Lüneburg since 2011 and in 2012 was elected the university’s Vice President of Research and Humanities. In the field of contemporary art, Beate Söntgen made for years an appearance as an art critic for, among others, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; she is also a member of the advisory board of the art magazine Texte zur Kunst.

The awarding of the two prizes and three Special Mentions follows the decision of an independent jury of renowned experts in the field of art that was again specifically assembled for the annual theme, which in 2013 was »Art and History«. 62 drafts were submitted by artists from the eleven administrative districts of the larger region of Lüneburg, which lies in the triangle between Bremen, Hamburg and Hannover.

The jury was headed by Prof. Michaela Melián, Professor of Mixed Media and Acoustics in the »Time-based Media« department of the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. In 2010 she realised the well-known work »Memory Loops« in Munich that as a virtual audio memorial gives a voice to historical and still living contemporary witnesses or victims of National Socialism in an alienated form in public space ( In the work series »Tomboy«, for example, she criticises gender-specific asymmetries in historiography, the topicality of which she exposes by means of criminological personal identification. Michaela Melián is also the co-founder of the band F.S.K. Further members of the jury were the art historian Eva Birkenstock, curator of the KUB Arena of Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, and as the former director of Halle für Kunst still closely associated with Lüneburg; Dr. Holger Kube Ventura, director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein and co-curator of the 2012 show »Making History« in which several art institutions in Frankfurt were involved and that dealt with the relevance of media images for historiographies. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as a programme and project coordinator for the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale); Bettina Roggmann, art historian and chairwoman of the board of the Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, which as a cooperation partner this years makes the spaces of the Baroque building available for the exhibition of the award-winners. The internal members of the jury were the two curators of the show, Cornelia Kastelan and Valérie Knoll.

The two award-winners will realise their artistic drafts in the frame of a group show at Schloss Agathenburg. The foundation, established in 1992 and located near Stade, is active in the fields of contemporary art, literature and music. It was introduced by Bettina Roggmann, the artistic director of the institution. In accordance with the theme of this year’s prize, the exhibition curated by Cornelia Kastelan and Valérie Knoll, which will open on Saturday, 26 October, addresses questions regarding art and history and brings together the positions of the Daniel Frese Prize-winners 2013 with those of international artists. The prize money of 3,000 euros each is earmarked for the production of the artwork based on the awarded draft.

As in the past years, the prize – and the Special Mentions made for the first time this year – provides heightened visibility, among others, through communication via the newsletter and the web site of »Art-Agenda«. Seated in New York, »Art-Agenda« by far exceeds the reach of all common art magazines, addressing around 50,000 institutions and actors in the art world.

In his speech, the project head of KIM, Dr. Christoph Behnke, thanked all applicants for participating in the Daniel Frese Prize 2013. Delighted by the more than 62 submissions, he simultaneously stressed the attendant greater challenge of selecting the prize-winners that the jury was faced with. He emphasised the high standard of many drafts which led to an intensive exchange during the jury session and did not make the decision easy.

The KIM project at the Innovation Incubator of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, which is supported by the European Union, aims at bolstering contemporary fine art in the region of the Incubator project and in 2011 established the Daniel Frese Prize to honour fine or visual artists in the region of Lüneburg. The prize is awarded annually for outstanding drafts for new artworks. The Daniel Frese Prize is dedicated to a different theme each year, which the respective exhibitions also take up. The prize is awarded to two artists with place of residence in one of the eleven administrative districts of the project region. It comprises the administrative districts of Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Heidekreis, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lüneburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wümme), Stade, Verden and Uelzen, as well as the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg.

Gilta Jansen, Gordon Castellane
Daniel Frese Prize 2013

The Daniel Frese Prize 2013 is awarded to Gilta Jansen and Gordon Castellane for their submitted draft »Times Timing Times«. For the exhibition at Schloss Agathenburg, they are planning an expansive installation that grasps history and temporality as metaphorical and poetic categories. In the statement on their decision, the jury, headed by Michaela Mélian, describes the project as follows: »In the outstanding draft of Gilta Jansen and Gordon Castellane, history is to be projected and materialised in a multi-media, walkable, spatial situation as an assemblage of different storage and design elements such as furniture, textiles and mirrors inside a kind of hall of mirrors.« The draft skilfully combines contemporary visual strategies, with which materials and objects from the neighbouring field of design and interior decorating are appropriated, with their function as – affectively charged – storage places and testimonies of the past. Based on this, the artists develop their proposal for an installation to include non-tangible, »present-absent« or »representational« elements such as language, but also an orchestration employing music and light. Together with the theatrically draped textiles, the mirrors refer back to the viewers themselves and make them a constitutive part of the narratively charged installation. They vacillate between front and back stage, endlessly recurring reflections and concealments, whereby (hi)stories and memories are invoked in a both imaginative and symbolic way. The jury concludes its decision with the following words: »In addition to the submitted draft, the presented work examples of Gilta Jansen were convincing – large-scale, poetic, sculptural arrangements often revealing a stage-like character. Jansen’s works bear witness to an extremely independent way of treating the aesthetics of installation art and, viewed together, bear a strong narrative potential. The two artists presented a draft that not only meets the standards of current artistic practices on an international level, but also masterfully opens up an aesthetic space of potentiality in which imagined collective and private stories intertwine in an associative manner.«

Gilta Jansen, born in 1979, studied at the Braunschweig University of Art; she received her diploma in 2007 under Hartmut Neumann and in the following year was a master student of Frances Scholz. She has been working together with Britta Ebermann as Violett Park since 2006. Among others, she was granted a stipend at the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede in 2011; in 2006 she was awarded the Theodor-Kohl Prize for Painting Braunschweig. Her works have been exhibited at, a.o., Kunstverein Hannover, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Kunstverein St. Pauli, Hamburg, Kunstraum Tosterglope, Haus am Waldsee Berlin, race fast safe car Cologne (with Britta Ebermann) and V8 Plattform für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe.

Gordon Castellane, born in 1986, lives in Germany and Spain. His works have been shown at, a.o., kings of b. Berlin, Kunstclub Berlin, Galerie Eva Winkeler Frankfurt am Main, New Jerseyy Basel (CH) and Himalayas Art Museum Shanghai (CN).

Daniela Töbelmann, Carola Keitel
Daniel Frese Prize 2013, category: »Emerging Artists«

The Daniel Frese Prize 2013 in the category »Emerging Artists« is awarded to Daniela Töbelmann and Carola Keitel for their submitted draft »Ein Spaziergang und eine Ausstellung« (»A Stroll and an Exhibition«). The jury summed up the artists’ proposal as a »large-scale exhibition walk that is to be subsequently documented in a publication. The two artists are planning an impressive, broad examination of different – alienated, rediscovered, touristic, everyday and novel – views of public space.« They grasp the found structures as visible and experienceable relics of the social and geographical history of places, proposing an aesthetic and socially oriented view of history. In the public space of Agathenburg, but also of Lüneburg, Daniela Töbelmann and Carola Keitel plan to first walk through and photograph places and establish routes resulting from their connection. They simultaneously plan to invite passers-by to contribute places in the form of pictures that they can submit electronically or at the artists’ »base station« in a quarter on the outskirts to which there are only poor transport connections. The specific cognitive gain that the artists are interested in and that is to be made by flâneurs through bodily-visual activity lies in recognising different patterns and modes of perception between habituation and rediscovery. This performative process is continued by the produced images visually occupying billboards. Finally, it is perpetuated when the artists additionally placard QR codes making the newly discovered rambles publically accessible. Daniela Töbelmann and Carola Keitel are furthermore reckoning that the proposed routes through urban and rural areas will offer them the opportunity for artistic interventions. They will be carried out, for example, in the form of papier-mâche and steel attachments to furniture in public space such as bollards and flower tubs, by applying text panels in covered car parks or temporary appropriations at the intersections of pseudo-public and public space, for example, advertising video screens in station halls or shop windows. In addition, the artists would like to initiate a lecture programme framing their overall project – which as a long-term intervention will not end with the exhibition at Agathenburg. Daniela Töbelmann and Carola Keitel condense their equally theoretically, artistically and socially oriented approaches to a complex and promising draft characterised by a variety of design ideas, the noticeable dynamism of which impressed the jury: »In their draft, the artists reveal profound knowledge of sociological promenadology, as it has been decisively developed by Lucius Burckhardt since the 1980s, and of the figure of the flâneur, thus proving theoretical knowledge that is also relevant in the art field. They apply this knowledge in the sense of Daniel Frese’s cartographic method: Rambling as material for a performative exhibition. The jury is looking forward to a meaningful linking of Daniela Töbelmann’s and Carola Keitel’s artistic research project with the exhibition space in the historical Schloss Agathenburg and its surroundings.«

Daniela Töbelmann, born in 1982, and Carola Keitel, born in 1983, studied and received their diplomas in 2011 resp. 2010 at the School of Art and Design Kassel under Urs Lüthi. In 2010 Daniela Töbelmann additionally enrolled at the Kunsthogskolen Bergen (NOR), where she studied under Karen Kipphoff and Kjersti Sundland. From 2010 to 2011 she was a stipend recipient of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Works by Daniela Töbelmann have been shown at, a.o., Bruch & Dallas Cologne, Kasseler Kunstverein, Akademie Galerie Nürnberg and Bergen Kjøtt (NOR); she has also presented performances at Kampnagel Hamburg and Uferstudios Berlin.

Carola Keitel, who furthermore studied philosophy in Kassel, continued her art studies in 2010 as a master student of Urs Lüthi. In 2012 she was awarded the prize of the Deutsche Bundesbank as a graduate and stipend recipient of the Cusanuswerk Bonn. Carola Keitel has exhibited at, a.o., Bruch & Dallas Cologne, Kunstverein Hannover, the Documentahalle Kassel, the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and Galerija FLU Belgrad (SRB).

Sebastian Dannenberg
Special Mention

Sebastian Dannenberg is honoured with a Special Mention for his submitted draft »Raumgedächtnis« (»Space Memory«). It deals with a visual reconstruction of earlier hangings in the exhibition spaces of Schloss Agathenburg. The spots discovered in photo documentations of past exhibitions are marked and occupied with picture surrogates of the same format made of plasterboard. The differently coloured edges of these placeholders mark them with a painterly minimum and at the same time indicate the different generations of exhibitions they belong to. They now at times overlap or protrude into space as layered materials. The jury gave the following reasons for honouring Sebastian Dannenberg: »The artist impressed the jury with his conceptually oriented proposal to reveal the formal history of the exhibition space. He skilfully conceives a possibility to translate the no longer visible periods of the past into a visual condensation of different times to thus let the eponymous ‘Space Memory’ appear in situ.« Especially worthy of acknowledgement is Sebastian Dannenberg’s equally elegant and trenchant connection of an advanced understanding of painting protruding into three-dimensionality and invoking space as an ontological category with the »concrete« space, the exhibition institution and its history. The artist supplements approaches of institution-critical and appropriative painting with the dimension of time that in layers of works converges with the space.

Sebastian Dannenberg, born in 1980, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe painting and graphics under Leni Hoffmann. He has been continuing his studies since 2012 at the Hochschule für Kunst Bremen in the master class of Stephan Baumkötter. Sebastian Dannenberg also has a teaching assignment at the University of applied sciences and arts Ottersberg. From 2010 to 2012 the artist jointly operated the off space raum plan b in Freiburg. In 2010 he received grants from the Cusanuswerk Bonn and the Ursula Ströher Stiftung Basel. Works by Sebastian Dannenberg have been on display at, a.o., La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (F), ZIP Basel (CH), in the frame of young at art Zurich (CH), at artist-run space adhoc Bochum, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Große Kunstschau Worpswede as well as the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig.

Monika Jarecka
Special Mention

Monika Jarecka is honoured for her submitted draft »Dissolving« that presents considerations on the possibility or impossibility of repeating »real« artistic forms of practice. She conceptually anchors them in painting instructions to be followed as a performance and that as such belong to the work proposal. They result in layers that overlap and repeatedly neutralise each other and are finally to dissolve in a poetically and phenomenologically inspired colour space conceived like a palimpsest. The jury states: »Monika Jarecka’s draft provides for a painterly meditation on temporality, repeatability and difference that is worthy of acknowledgement.« Monika Jarecka’s method is reminiscent of the layer-by-layer exposure of fresco painting and bears witness to her delicate play with the medium. Further reasons for the jury’s decision: »The artist succeeds in convincingly reflecting upon the historically charged genre of wall painting and its inherent temporality.« As a student of Katharina Grosse, who studied under Gotthard Graubner, she stands in a widely recognised artistic, colour-philosophical line of tradition.

Monika Jarecka, born in 1975, received her diploma as a master student in the painting class of Katharina Grosse at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in 2005. In 2004/2005 she also spent a year at the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main, where she studied painting under Michael Krebber and sculpture under Tobias Rehberger. In 2004 she additionally studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. In 2002-2004 the artist was a stipend recipient of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, in 2004 this support by the Stiftung was expanded by a project grant for New York. Works by Monika Jarecka have until now been shown in Berlin at, a.o., Temporäre Kunsthalle, galerie weißer elefant, forgotten bar, as well as at Kunsthalle Brennabor Brandenburg, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus Saarbrücken and Galerie Steinle Contemporary Munich.

R&ST (Brigitte Raabe, Michael Stephan, Piet Trantel)
Special Mention

The R&ST collective, consisting of Brigitte Raabe, Michael Stephan, Piet Trantel, is honoured with a Special Mention for the submitted draft »Von Haus zu Haus« (»From Door to Door«). The artists propose the installation of a »wish depot« in a village of the region, Tosterglope, which they have already initiated. It is to be carried out in three phases – critique, utopia and realisation. »The jury honours the draft of the R&ST collective with a Special Mention for a committed socio-cultural reactivation of village resources. It argues in an independent and self-confident way that an intervention in the contemporaneous manifestations of the long history of rural flight can be developed from the existing structures and with the local population,« it is stated in the jury’s decision. The oral histories of the village inhabitants gathered to this end form the basis of joint concepts for the future. »Worthy of a Special Mention,« the jury continues, »is in particular the artists’ reference to their self-understanding as ‘service providers’ for a participatory research and mediation project.« It grasps itself as a socio-politically motivated intervention in the fate of rural areas, allegedly allotted by »history«, and simultaneously vouches in a self-confident manner for its specific and firm position in an artistic sub-field that itself was historically engendered.

Piet Trantel, born in 1957, received his diploma in 1986 at the Braunschweig University of Art, from where Brigitte Raabe, born in 1961, obtained her diploma as well in 1987. Michael Stephan, born in 1961, studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Piet Trantel was stipend recipient of Künstlerstätte Schloss Bleckede in 1990/1991. Since 1999 he has been working under the name LIFEservices, unltd., which he rededicated to Chinese in 2007. Since 2005 he has been living and working not only in the region but also in Shanghai, Shenyang and Jinzhou (CN). His works have been on view, a.o., at Kunstverein Stuttgart, in the public space of Hamburg – where he realised the work »No One’s Land« in 1993, for example –, at Weserburg Bremen, at Normal University Campus Peking (CN) and at Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (KOR).

Brigitte Raabe and Michael Stephan also work together as the artist couple Raabe/Stephan. Both artists were stipend recipients of Kunstverein Hannover as well as award-winners of the Hildesheim, Hannover and Braunschweig ideas competition »Entsorgungspark für funktionslose Kunst im öffentlichen Raum« (»Waste disposal site for inoperable art in public space«). They developed works for the public space, a.o., at Bauhaus Universität Weimar, at Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen and Branitzer Park in Cottbus, in Bremen as well as at Geumgang Nature Art Biennale (KOR). As the trio R&ST, they have been present in various cities, a.o. Stuttgart, and are currently working with Kunstraum Tosterglope near Lüneburg.

— Cornelia Kastelan, Valérie Knoll

Since 2011, the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art, which is annually dedicated to different themes, has been tendered for fine and visual artists in the region of Lüneburg. The prize is awarded to two artists for outstanding drafts for works of art. What is new in 2013 is the additional, public honouring of three further artists in the form of a special recognition.

The annual awarding of the Daniel Frese Prize to two artists with place of residence in one of the region’s eleven administrative districts (Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Heidekreis, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lüneburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wümme), Stade, Verden, and Uelzen) combines the public honouring of the two award-winners with a prize money of 3,000 euros each for their prize-winning drafts. The award-winners, with one from the field of »Emerging Art« (up to 40 years old), additionally receive the opportunity to realise their draft and present it in a group exhibition, which brings their works together with positions of renowned (inter)national artists. The prize money is intended for the development and realisation of the artwork based on the submitted draft, which will then be on view in the exhibition. The prize is offered on annually changing themes to which the respective exhibitions will refer as well. The awarded works are documented in publications and thus outlast the temporary exhibition presentation.

Deadline for entries for the Daniel Frese Preis 2013, which focuses on the theme of »Art and History«, is on Friday, May 24, 2013.


The prize is dedicated to the memory of the Lüneburg painter and cartographer Daniel Frese (1540-1611). He is remembered for his allegorical paintings for the City Hall of Lüneburg in which he created a new visual language. Furthermore, he produced drafts for »Civitates Orbis Terrarum,« the world's first city atlas. During the early phase of the autonomization of the artistic field from the church, feudal principals, and the state, Frese emerged as a versatile artist.

Thematic Focus 2013: »Art and History«

As specific features of our age, one can regard its »lack of future«, its reversion to history and keenness to record. Things and events are historicized, archived, stored, and remembered. In this situation, questioning art as to its dealing with history promises crucial insights. Early forms of historiography and art used to go hand in hand in the image: As a memory picture or memory of the eye, the image serves to visually capture and retain. When history painting, in particular, condensed its themes to individual moments in time, it simultaneously contributed to the construction of history. In recent times, various developments have intensified the interest in history and also in the debates on historical representations: Artists deal in diverse ways with issues related to historical elucidation, the preservation of evidence, the construction of identity, locality, as well as reality and fiction. In this respect, one must mention the increase in documentary and research-oriented artistic approaches as well as a broad movement of »site-specific art«. The latter is mainly dedicated to the »small« or local stories of places and institutions. »Memory culture« has formed an artistic wing that does not place itself at the service of elevating the past, but instead seeks to critically examine notions of time, historical images and events. Due to its symbolic power, art, as a medium of cultural memory, appears all but predestined to contribute such statements. Moreover, in the wake of a critique of the »master narratives« of historiography, a narrative strategy has emerged that welcomes ambiguities instead and is in many respects similar to the principle of collage one is familiar with in art. Not least on account of a scepticism regarding supposedly »objective« representations of history, deliberate artistic re-enactments and repetitions of historical material in painting, film, video, installations, and performance art have gained recognition as adequate forms of dealing with history. Across all genre and media borders, artists take on the role of historians when gauging the possibilities and limits of documentary techniques. In the process, they address the history of the field they are engaged in – and thus art history itself – as well as history at large or the history of individual institutions and fields. A further matter of interest lies in everyday (hi)stories and the involvement of contemporary witnesses and their documents (»oral history«). One can finally observe a formal and content-related engagement with historicising formats drawn from pop culture or the mass media, as expressed, for example, in the omnipresent retro trends, »History Channels« on TV or biographical stories of (anti-)heroes (»biopics«). The granting of the Daniel Frese Prize 2013 has this thematic focus to incite artistic delving into the variegated aspects of »Art and History«.

Exhibition 2013

The exhibition planned for this year focuses, like the Daniel Frese Prize 2013, on »Art and History«. The show will feature the works produced by the award-winning participants of the Daniel Frese Prize 2013 together with artworks from an international context. The show is hosted by Schloss Agathenburg near Stade, which is itself a location charged with history. The exhibition will be on display from October, 27 until December, 1 and opens on Saturday, October, 26, 2013.

Exhibition 2012: »The Simple Life«, Kunstverein & Stiftung Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen
Artists: Josephine Meckseper, Shana Moulton, Fabian Reimann (Daniel Frese Prize 2012), Simon Starling, Niko Wolf (Daniel Frese Prize 2012, category of »young emerging artists«)

Exhibition 2011: »Demanding Supplies - Nachfragende Angebote«, Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Artists: Daniel Buren, Diego Castro (Daniel Frese Prize 2011), Maria Eichhorn, Katja Staats (Daniel Frese Prize 2011, category of »young emerging artists«) a.o.

Jury, Award Presentation and Laudator

In 2013, an expert jury of renowned professionals of the art field will again assess the drafts and name the prize-winners. The award presentation of the Daniel Frese Prize 2013 will take place, as in the past years, on 4 July in the Fürstensaal of the City Hall of the Hanse City of Lüneburg.

Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen has been won to deliver the speech of honour for the awarding of the Daniel Frese Preis 2013. Since 2011 she has been Professor of Art History at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. In 2012 she was elected Vice President of Research and Humanities at this university. In the field of art, Beate Söntgen has been active, among others, as a long-standing art critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Jury 2012: Marius Babias (director Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, n.b.k.) (chair), Bettina von Dziembowski (director Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen), Tue Greenfort (artist, Berlin, documenta(13) a.o.), Karin Guenther (gallery Karin Guenther, Hamburg), Christoph Behnke (director KIM), Valérie Knoll (curator KIM)
Laudatorin 2012: Heike Munder (director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zurich)

Jury 2011: Beatrice von Bismarck (at that time rector Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig) (chair), Thomas Locher (artist, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen), Bernd Milla (executive director Art Foundation Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart), Nikolaus Oberhuber (gallery KOW, Berlin), Christoph Behnke (director KIM), Julia Moritz (curator KIM)
Laudator 2012: Robert Fleck (at that time director Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn)


Invited to the competition are fine or visual artists who have their place of residence in one of the eleven administrative districts of the former administrative region Lüneburg. The administrative districts are Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Heidekreis, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lüneburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wümme), Stade, Verden, and Uelzen; a corresponding proof of residency is to be enclosed.

The main part of the written application is the draft in the form of a formulated proposal for the content-related, formal and practical realization of an artwork addressing the theme of 2013, »Art and History«. This proposal should be at least a half A4 page long and not exceed two A4 pages. There are no limitations in regard to media and genres as long as they can be attributed to fine or visual art. They must be indicated in the proposal (film, photography, installation, painting, performance, digital production, sculpture, video, drawing etc.). A tabular form is recommended for the educational and professional CV as well as the documentation of the most important solo and group exhibitions in the past, which must also be submitted. Deadline for entries for the Daniel Frese Prize 2013 is on Friday, May 24, 2013.

The prize money amounts to 3,000 euros for each award-winner. It is meant for the production of the artwork based on the submitted draft. The work will be on view for the first time in this year’s exhibition dedicated to the theme of »Art and History« at Schloss Agathenburg near Stade.

The award presentation ceremony will be held on 4 July, 2013, in the Fürstensaal of the City Hall of the Hanse City of Lüneburg. In addition to the two award-winners, the three artists with special mentions for their drafts will also be invited. In the following weeks, the drafts of the award-winners will be produced in co-ordination with the persons responsible for the show. The award-winners will also be present at the opening of the exhibition in fall of 2013. The works developed based on the drafts selected by the expert jury will be published in an overall catalogue realized by KIM in cooperation with art institutions from the region of Lüneburg.

With their application, the participants approve of the procedure. Upon submission, the participants of the competition agree to the storage of their data for research purposes and to the archiving and reproduction of the submitted documents. The submitted documents will not be sent back. The jury’s decision is final and not contestable. By participating, the applicant confirms that he or she is the originator of the submitted proposal. The prize offerer has the right to show the works based on the awarded drafts in the frame of the mentioned exhibition and possibly other presentations, as well as to publish reproductions in publications and on the internet without paying a fee and with the indication of the artist’s name. With their submission, the participants declare that they agree to the specified publications. Any recourse to courts of law is excluded.

— Cornelia Kastelan, Valérie Knoll

The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the federal state of Lower Saxony.